Irish Abroad: Room wins another audience award at New Orleans Film Festival
The New Orleans Film Festival concluded on last week, but has just announced the winners of its 2015 Audience Award winners. The big winner was Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, which has now won its sixth audience award following wins in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, the Hamptons, and Mill Valley.
Roomsees writer Emma O’Donoghue adapt her own best-selling novel, which is told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother. To him the room is his world, but his mother knows different having been held there for 7 years.
The film stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). Also joining the cast are Sean Bridgers (Rectify), Tom McCamus (The Samaritan) and Megan Park (What If). Room is an Element PicturesElement Pictures is run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Element Pictu... More and No Trace Camping production, in association with Telefilm Canada, Film4, and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film BoardFís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry.. It will be released in Irish cinemas on January 15th.
The New Orleans Film Festival has firmly established itself on the regional film fest circuit as one of the most reputable in the country. It was named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in their 2012, 2013, and 2014 editions, and it was also named by Premium Beat as one of the “Fifteen Fests You Should Enter.” The 2015 edition ran October 14th to 22nd.
Audience Awards, 2015 New Orleans Film Festival
Spotlight film: Room – Lenny Abrahamson
Narrative feature: Driving While Black – Paul Sapiano
Documentary feature:Harry & Snowman – Ron Davis
Louisiana feature: Delta Justice: The Islenos Trappers War – David DuBos
Narrative short: Actresses – Jeremy Hersh
Documentary short: Boxeadora – Meg Smaker
Louisiana short: The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium – Lindsey Phillips
Experimental short: Shegetsey Betsey – Betsey Brown
Animated short: We Can’t Live Without Cosmos – Konstantin Bronzit
Music video: Connection by Jambinai – directed by Hunjeong Shin